I'm running an X-99 deluxe 3.1 system, and I currently have 16GB of ram in the form of a 4GBx4 DDR4 2666 Mhz Corsair Dominator RAM kit. The system itself is a custom watercooled machine that my girlfriend built me* last spring, and since it is time to perform a coolant flush anyway, now is an ideal time to upgrade the RAM.
Because the MB has 8 RAM slots, I have space to simply add another kit, which is without question the most economical option, at least in principle. That said, I'm pretty sure the last time I had occasion to add simply add more RAM to an existing system was some time around 1994 (It was an AMD 386/40 clone, complete to cutting edge XGA graphics (I think. It may have been SVGA; I bet my parents still have the system in their attic. I wonder if it would still boot?). I'm pretty sure things have gotten more complicated since I the day I went from 2MB of RAM to the limiless capacity represented by 4 whole megabytes!
So I'm hoping I can get some quick pointers on what I can and cannot do, and whether it is a good idea to add a second kit at all. Beyond "Is this an inherently bad idea", my specific questions would be the following:
--As I understand it, a second kit will have to be of an identical clock speed (as in "also 2666 MHz", rather than "at least 2666 MHz).
--I also assume that I am best off getting my RAM from the same OEM, and of the same model; that isn't a big deal. Since this is a custom loop, aesthetics were obviously a meaningful consideration in the first place and I'm pretty sure if I tried to mess up the (really amazing) looks of the system she painstakingly designed at assembled for me, my girlfriend would hide all the tools and refuse to let my touch it until I came to my senses.
--I am unclear on the issue of the kits needing to be the same size. I'm probably going to end up with a second 16GB kit simply to keep cost down, but it would be nice to know if it is possible to mix a 16 gig kit with a 32 gig kit, in the event that i come across a random sale of some kind.
I'm perfectly content being pointed at an existing guide, but if I'm going to follow a guide that is more than a couple of months old i want to have made sure that I'm being pointed in the direction by someone who is able to say "Yep, that is two years old but the information is still current" rather than just using Google and hope.